Spring enrollment approaches 33,500 students
UT Arlington continues to post strong enrollment with 33,491 students for the spring 2012 semester, preliminary census date reports show. The census date was Feb. 1.
That figure is up slightly from fall, but down 297 students from the previous spring. Administrators note that recent legislative funding changes eliminated subsidies for dual credit courses, which allow high school students to simultaneously earn college credit for certain advanced courses. The funding change is the major factor affecting spring enrollment compared with the spring 2011 semester.
“Overall, our enrollment continues to be very strong,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The message is getting out through our recruiting and marketing efforts that a degree from UT Arlington is a valuable asset.”
UT Arlington continues to be a top-rated institution for student diversity, a trend noted by U.S. News & World Report. Nineteen percent of students are Hispanic, while 15 percent are African American.
Be Mav for Homecoming with many special events this week
There are several ways to show your University pride and celebrate Maverick Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.
Your photo may be worth $250 if it wins the Show Your Maverick Pride photo contest.
Activities today, Thursday, include a decorating contest, a MavSwap, and a 7 p.m. Homecoming Step Show at Texas Hall.
Friday's events start with a chili cook-off noon-1 p.m. on the University Center mall. Theatre Arts alumni present the play The Lion in Winter at 8 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre, and The Bash celebration at 9 p.m. turns College Park Center into one big nightclub.
The Homecoming Golf Tournament starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, while the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team alumni game begins at 1 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center. The Military Science Hall of Honor induction begins at 2 p.m. with the firing of the Carlisle Cannons.
Festival on the Plaza, a new street festival featuring the Maverick Experience, begins at 3:30 p.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center.
The Homecoming Parade, which starts at 5:20 p.m., heads in a new direction. Three full-size floats carry the men’s basketball team, Homecoming Court, and alumni. Two modified golf cart floats carry the Movin’ Mavs and the Wranglers while six Mini-Coopers bring dignitaries. The parade starts at UTA Boulevard with the firing of the Carlisle Cannons, heads south on Pecan Street to Third Street, through the campus and back to the University Center mall.
Tipoff time for the men's basketball game against Texas State is 7 p.m. with the Homecoming king and queen coronation at halftime. General admission tickets are available by calling the box office at 2-9595. Also check utatickets.com for more ticket information.
Prepare for parking issues, street closures for Homecoming weekend
Plan for street and lot closures related to Homecoming events Friday evening and Saturday.
General event traffic will be directed to the Park North and Park Central garages, which include about 1,100 parking spaces, and to the large lots off South Cooper Street. A drop-off and pick-up zone will be designated off Pecan Street just south of West Fourth Street.
Friday, Feb. 10
· The southern end of Lot 47 will be closed for event parking. Lot 47 is east of Pickard Hall and south of the Business Building.
· Lot F13 east of the Business Building and west of College Park Center will close after 5 p.m. Friday for event parking.
· Pecan Street will be closed from UTA Boulevard south to West Fourth Street from 8 a.m. through mid-day Sunday, Feb. 12.
Saturday, Feb. 11
· UTA Boulevard will be closed 5-6 p.m. for parade traffic. There will be no access to the Park North garage or Lots 38 and 39 north of Arlington Hall at that time.
· Lot F13 and Lot 47 will be closed to the general public all day for Homecoming events. Lot F13 is the designated parking area for disabled visitors attending the Festival on the Plaza and the 7 p.m. men’s game at College Park Center.
Carlisle Cannons signal Homecoming events
The Carlisle Cannons will be fired twice on the University Center mall for Homecoming events Saturday, Feb. 11.
The first firing will be for the Military Science Hall of Honor induction at 2 p.m. as two cannons will sound. The second firing begins the Homecoming Parade at 5:20 p.m. with one loud boom.
Black History Month entertains, educates
Take part in entertaining and educational programs during Black History Month.
"A Night of Soul" features performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets required.
A seminar for faculty and staff on the "State of the Black College Student" led by Darryl Scriven is set for 2-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. Watch Scriven's film and stay for a question-and-answer session starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium.
“The Roots of Our History” displays images of prominent African-American leaders at the University Center Gallery Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24. A reception at noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, includes readings of poetry and speech excerpts from notable African Americans.
Take a look at a popular music genre’s footprint with the "Evolution of Hip Hop" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
For more on Black History Month, go to the Multicultural Affairs website.
Citizen Police Academy seeks members for second class
Members of the campus community can better understand the everyday operation of the UT Arlington Police Department through the Citizen Police Academy, which begins its second year.
The academy is 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays for nine weeks Feb. 21-April 24, at Maverick Stadium and includes class lectures, ride-alongs with officers, hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to investigate a mock crime scene.
Registration closes Friday, Feb. 17. Applications are online.
Pick up a Library LiNK card for use at Arlington public libraries
Trade your TexShare card—used for materials at the Arlington Public Library—for a new card.
Arlington Public Library no longer participates in the TexShare program, but has an agreement for UT Arlington patrons. The Library LiNK's borrowing privileges provide access to online learning services, the freedom to download e-books and audiobooks, the right to place holds on items, and the ability to check out up to five items.
Stop by any UT Arlington Library branch and pick up the Library LiNK card. For more information, contact Heather Scalf at 2-7436 or email@example.com.
Technology activist featured in Engineering Speaker Series
Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist, technology activist, and co-editor of the weblog boingboing.net, discusses "What We Talk About When We Talk About Internet Regulation" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.
Doctorow's talk, which is part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series, is preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the MAC. A book signing follows the lecture.
Sign up for Staff Advisory Council's Slimdown
Need motivation to help you meet those exercise goals after the holidays? Join the Staff Advisory Council’s Slimdown.
You and your coworkers can form a team to get fit and to win this year's SAC Slimdown Challenge. Winners will be recognized for most weight lost, overall fitness, and team creativity.
Registration ends Tuesday, Feb. 28.
National Science Foundation award helps with master's degrees
The National Science Foundation has awarded UT Arlington a five-year, $600,000 grant to encourage undergraduates to earn a degree in science or engineering, complete a master’s degree in earth and environmental science, and enter the workforce or pursue doctoral study.
The project provides scholarships for economically disadvantaged, academically talented undergraduates who want to earn a master’s degree in geology or environmental science. The grant will help 22 students pay for college in their senior year and for two years of graduate study.
The scholarship is titled “Advancing Undergraduate to Geo-environmental Master's for Engaged Needs-based Talented Students.” The application deadline is Monday, March 5.
For more information, see uta.edu/augments or contact Michael Saenz at 2-2315.
Staff advisers needed for Alternative Spring Break trips
Applications are available for staff advisers for Alternative Spring Break trips to New Orleans, Atlanta, and Perryville, Ark., March 10-17.
Any staff, faculty, or graduate students interested in serving as an adviser should fill out the online application and take it to the University Events office in Room B140 on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center by Friday, Feb. 10.
Writing Effective Email
Discover the keys to effective e-mails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.
GIS Technoscholar Workshop
Learn how to determine the best locations in the DFW Metroplex to open a new pizzeria. No GIS experience required. No registration. Open to the public. Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library, Technoscholar Workshops.
Organizing Your Digital Pictures
Sort through your options for organizing and printing digital snapshots for your photo album. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $55. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, Feb. 18-25, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.
All About Cookies
Explore the joy of making different kinds of cookies, baking tips, storing, freezing, and decorating cookies. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, Feb. 18-25, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Mav men hike winning streak to 14
Bo Ingram sank five three-pointers and scored 21 points as the men’s basketball team increased its school-record winning streak to 14 games with a 75-63 victory at Sam Houston State on Wednesday.
The Mavericks are 10-0 in the Southland Conference and celebrate Homecoming when they host Texas State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in College Park Center.
Women fall to Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State got off to a fast start and went on to defeat the UT Arlington women's basketball team 63-45 Wednesday in College Park Center.
The Mavericks are 2-7 in the Southland Conference and travel to Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 11, before returning home to face Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Men second, women third at Wichita indoor meet
The men's track and field team placed second, while the women took third at the two-day Varsity Apartments Invitational hosted by Wichita State on Friday and Saturday.
For the men, Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault and Emil Blomberg was first in the mile. Individual winners for the women were DeAndrea Smith in the 400, Lindsey Putman in the 800, and Emily Koenig in the 3000.
• Softball—season opens Friday, Feb. 10, as Mavericks begin with weekend tournament at Baylor.
• Movin’ Mavs—play Austin Wreckers at 11 a.m., alumni game at 1 p.m. , and Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Maverick Activities Center. Also play Austin Wreckers at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Physical Education Building.
• Women’s Tennis—victories over Central Arkansas and Central Oklahoma improved record to 3-1. Play Kansas State and Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla., this weekend.
• Men’s Tennis—hosts matches with Cameron at 10 a.m. and Centenary at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the UTA Tennis Center.
• Golf—defending Southland Conference champion Mavericks open the spring season at the San Diego Intercollegiate on Monday, Feb. 13.
• Movin’ Mavs—will receive a $1,250 grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the foundation announced.
Thursday, Feb. 9
There's No Sun Shining Through Opening reception for an exhibit by Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), who took first place in the 2011 inaugural juried summer exhibition, 897 Square. Free. 6-9 p.m., special performance 6:45 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Friday, Feb. 10
Student Affairs Open House The Division of Student Affairs unveils its the newly remodeled offices. Door prizes include a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Reader, and a UT Arlington hoodie. 3-4 p.m., lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Affairs.
Values in Science Beyond Underdetermination and Inductive Risk Matthew J. Brown, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Values, Medicine, Science, and Technology at UT Dallas, is guest speaker. Free. 5 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Philosophy and Humanities, 2-2764.
$2 Movie: Crazy, Stupid, Love A middle-aged man's life changes dramatically when his wife asks for a divorce. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Planetarium, 2-1183.
'The Lion in Winter' Theatre Arts alumni present this historical drama. Free. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.
Saturday, Feb. 11
One-act Plays Theatre students present two one-act plays, Mountain Language and Holy Days. Free. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Room 137, Fine Arts Building. Also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.
Monday, Feb. 13
Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music, 2-3471.
The Medium Is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Feb. 11. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.
Planetarium Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium for a Valentine's couples-only show or dinner under the stars. Saturday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 14. Planetarium, 2-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)